KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Rashid Godil was critically wounded after unidentified armed men opened fire at his vehicle near his residence in Karachi’s Bahadurabad area on Tuesday following which he underwent emergency surgery and is currently in critical condition at the Liaquat National Hospital.
Hospital sources said that the MQM leader suffered five bullet wounds on his chest, head and arm.
After the attack, Godil was shifted to a nearby hospital where his condition was stated as critical owing to excessive loss of blood. He underwent surgery at a private hospital and was later put on ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit of Liaquat National Hospital, according to Anjum Rizvi, the spokesperson of Liaquat National Hospital .
Rizvi added that said that Godil’s driver, who was also injured in the incident, was shifted to the Aga Khan University Hospital where succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Godil was travelling with his driver and a family member when the attack took place. Details of the family member’s condition are not known.
Gulshan SP Abid Qaimkhani told media that unidentified motorcycle-riding armed men intercepted Godil’s vehicle and fired eight bullets after identifying the Muttahida leader.
He added that eight spent bullet casings of a 9 mm pistol were recovered from the spot.
Fear and panic gripped the city as markets and shops closed down their businesses in different areas after the attack.